This year’s shearing season is taking place in challenging circumstances. Shearing is an animal welfare concern and, as such, is deemed an essential service with regard to coronavirus restrictions. Just because it is classed as an essential service does not mean that vital precautions can be overlooked in the fight to prevent the virus from spreading.

Sheep farmers have one of the oldest age profiles of any sector and there is a high number of farmers in a high-risk category grouping.